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Maintaining Inner Quarantine: Buddhist Teachings on Refuge | Free Day-Long Retreat with Buddhist Monastics Ajahn Kovilo, Tan Nisabho, and Ayya Soma

Sat. Aug. 7th, 9 am – 5 pm, Fauntleroy Church in West Seattle, 9140 California Ave SW
(also live-streamed on Clear Mountain’s YouTube Channel).

Please read details and click the link below to register and see if spots are still available.

Concerned about going back into the world? The Buddha’s teaching provides a refuge in its articulation of our transcendent potential (Buddha), the path of meditation, ethics, and wisdom leading to awakening (Dhamma), and the community which can support us in such practice (Sangha). Ordained in the Thai Forest Tradition, Ajahn Kovilo and Tan Nisabho have trained under senior teachers such as Ajahn Pasanno, Ajahn Piak, Ajahn Anan, and  Ajahn Jayasaro.  Ayya Soma is a bhikkhuni ordained in the Theravada lineage and co-founder of Empty Cloud Monastery in New Jersey. Ajahn Kovilo and Tan Nisabho are part of the Clear Mountain Monastery Project, the aspiration of a Thai Forest Monastery in the greater Seattle Area. The schedule, monastic biographies, Covid-19 precautions, and other details may be found below.

For more information, email [email protected]

Note that, due to Covid-19 precautions, exact capacity is hard to predict, and if the premises become full, some may not be able to attend, though priority will be given to those who registered. An in-depth summary of precautions attendees are expected to take may be found here. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please register below.




9 – 10 am: Brief welcome and meditation (Ajahn Kovilo and Tan Nisabho – live-streamed)
10 – 10:30 am: Dhamma talk – (Ajahn Kovilo on Buddha – live-streamed)
10:30 – 11:00 am: Sitting and Walking meditation (30 min walk/sit)
11 am – 12 pm: Meal offering, silent potluck lunch, & clean-up
12 – 12:30 pm: Rest/ free time
12:30 – 1:00 pm: Dhamma talk – (Ayya Soma on Dhamma – live-streamed)
1:00 – 2:00 pm: Group Q&A (All – livestreamed)
2:00 – 3:30 pm: Walking and sitting meditation (30 min walk/sit; 30 min walk/sit; 30 min walk/sit)
3:30 – 4:00 pm: Dhamma Talk – (Tan Nisabho on Sangha – live-streamed)
4:00 – 4:30 pm: Walking and sitting meditation (30 min walk/sit)
4:30 – 5 pm: Closing comments, and spreading blessings (Ajahn Kovilo and Tan Nisabho – live-streamed)
5 – 6 pm: Informal Teatime, Q&A, clean-up, and general hobnobbing with new friends!


Participants should consider eating breakfast before arriving, as only a mid-day meal is scheduled. Clear Mountain retreats are offered freely, and the daily 11 am Potluck meal represents another communal act of generosity. The meal is composed just of what participants bring, and represents an opportunity for all present to support other practitioners through one of simplest and most wholesome of all gifts: food! In keeping with monastic tradition, food is generally first offered to the monastic Sangha, and then shared amongst all present. If you can, bring a dish or two. If not, know that your practice represents the greatest act of dana. Vegetarian and vegan options are helpful in accommodating all diets, but all food is appreciated. Some refrigerator space and a microwave are available on the premises. In order to observe proper safety precautions with regards to the Covid-19 pandemic, food will be served and taken outside with proper safety measures.

An in-depth summary of precautions attendees are expected to take may be found here.

What to Bring

A Mask
A meditation cushion or (some spare cushions and church chairs are available for sitting at the venue)
A blanket or chair which you can use to sit on outside if you wish (masks must be used indoors)
Water bottle
Dish for the potluck meal
Your Intention to practice in community!


Ajahn Kovilo
Ajahn Kovilo is an Ohio-born monk who, having been introduced to meditation through the Goenka tradition, first entered the monastery in 2006. After receiving full ordination from Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Amaro at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in California in 2010, Ajahn Kovilo spent the next decade training at monasteries in the Ajahn Chah tradition in America and Thailand. In 2020, after a year practicing at a Pa Auk Sayadaw monastery, Ajahn Kovilo enrolled at the Dharma Realm Buddhist University in Ukiah, California where he is currently studying Pali and Sanskrit among other courses. Until the end of his formal studies, Ajahn Kovilo will be participating in the growing Clear Mountain Monastery community remotely and during Winter and Summer breaks and will be joining the community in person on a more regular basis thereafter.

Tan Nisabho
After finishing college in 2012, “Tahn” Nisabho left his native Washington to go forth as a Buddhist monk in Thailand. He received full ordination the following spring under Ajahn Anan, a senior disciple of renowned meditation master, Ajahn Chah, and spent the following years training in forest monasteries throughout Thailand, Australia, and the US. While staying with some of the lineage’s most respected teachers, he grew to believe the Thai Forest Tradition’s balance of communal life with solitary forest dwelling, careful adherence to the monastic precepts, and focus on meditation represented a faithful embodiment of the original Buddhist path. Moreover, his time with contemporary masters such as Ajahn Anan, Ajahn Pasanno, and Ajahn Jayasaro, convinced him that such a path could yield great fruit in the heart even amidst the complexities of modern life. He currently resides in Seattle, WA, as part of the Clear Mountain Monastery Project (https://www.clearmountainmonastery.org/).

Ayya Soma
Ayya Soma is an Italian Buddhist monk and co-abbot of Empty Cloud Monastery in New Jersey. As the co-founder of Buddhist Insights, a non-profit organization connecting people with monastics, she has learned the Dharma through the perspective of monks of all different traditions, and incorporates aspects from all of them in her own practice. Her spiritual path is inspired by the social engagement of her preceptor, Venerable Paññāvati Bhikkhuni; by the knowledge and wisdom of Ven. Robina Courtin; and by the compassion of Khenmo Drolma.

Covid-19 Pandemic Precautions

All attendees are expected to wear masks while inside the building, though vaccinated teachers, while leading retreat activities, are welcome to unmask if they have 15 feet between them and the nearest person.

At the retreat, those from the same household or who have been “podding” in other settings are welcome to sit together without distancing. Otherwise, individuals are expected to maintain six feet of social distancing at all times.

Food and drinks cannot be consumed inside the building, and the meal will occur outside.

Outside, people are welcome to unmask and eat, but are asked to maintain social distancing as they do so.

An in-depth summary of precautions attendees are expected to take may be found here.

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Aug 07 2021


9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/Los_Angeles
  • Date: Aug 07 2021
  • Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fauntleroy Church


Fauntleroy Church
9140 California Ave SW


Clear Mountain Monastery